Strange but true. The upcoming quirky comedy SAAT UCHAKKEY starring Manoj Bajpayee, Annu Kapoor, Anupam Kher, Vijay Raaz and Kay Kay Menon which received 176 dictions from the CBFC tribunal got cleared without any beep or mute.
The Sanjeev Sharma directorial made under the banner of Wave Cinemas, Crouching Tiger and Friday Filmworks and presented by Raju Chaddha is set in Old Delhi and it's a story of heist revolving around 7 petty crooks blundering their way through an exciting gamut of mystery, greed, treachery and running into one riotous crisis after another.
The makers during its trailer launch event yesterday revealed the interesting journey of its clearance that went through seven months and 176 dictions.
Producer Rahul Mittra and Vikram Malhotra said, 'The CBFC was not against our film, it was against the language and we had twisted the language and cuss words accordingly to satisfy the censors and in doing so we took proper care that the subject matter of the film doesn't get harmed and no community and/or sentiments gets hurt'.
Adding further they say, 'Finally we manage to get it cleared without any beep and mute after receiving 176 dictions from the CBFC tribunal'.
Elaborating further director Sanjeev Sharma said, 'Personally the CBFC members liked the film but couldn't certify it as it is mandatory for them to follow the guidelines. Owing to this words like 'bai', 'launda' and the cuss words used in daily day to day life in Old Delhi where the movie is based became an obstacle for the film's certification. SAAT UCHAKKEY got rejected and we went to the tribunal who saw the film twice and gave its suggestion consisting of 176 dictions out of which we were allowed to keep 60%. We agreed to chop off words like 'bhangan' and 'dhobi' which may hurt sentiments of a certain community and twisted the language according to censor guidelines and got the green signal without a beep and a mute”.
Manoj Bajpayee who was recently in news regarding censorship issue summed up by saying, 'I have always pressed for classification rather than certification of our films by CBFC. I am not against any one personally and I just hope the recommendations given by Mr. Shyam Benegal get implemented as soon as possible. The case of SAAT UCHAKKEY is unique, the tribunal gave us 176 dictions and we took it as our responsibility to twist it according to their demands without hurting the feel and subject matter of the film. It took us seven months to see the green light and finally I am glad that the movie is finally releasing and we got the clearance without any beep or mute'.